An Argument (Many) Films Make

Film and Philosophy 20:19-31 (2016)
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A number of recently-offered examples demonstrate that it is possible for films to be works of philosophy, but do not speak to just how many films are. Here I suggest one way in which a great number of films could be reasonably interpreted this way. My focus is on what I take to be our most crucial criterion for a film’s being philosophy: that it must present a philosophical argument. I present here a form that is plausibly shared by a good number of arguments made by films, and provide a number of examples of films that present arguments of this form in favor of philosophical conclusions.

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Frank Boardman
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